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In the third part and the most sought after part of the interview with Imran Kanga, we discuss the Curriculum Structure and the Post-MBA opportunities at Schulich School of Business.

Schulich offers 18 specializations. Among them, which are the top 3 in popularity? When can students start their specialization?


Students choose their electives and specializations in the 2nd year of the program and have the opportunity to specialize in up to two areas. Many of our students combine Marketing with Strategy, or Finance and Strategy for example. Students are also able to combine functional specializations such as Marketing or Finance with one of our many industry specializations – everything from global mining and retail to health, entertainment or real estate and infrastructure. This ability to combine functional areas with industries helps differentiate our graduates. There is a lot of choice and flexibility given to students that allow them to customize the program to meet their individual needs.

The three most popular specializations are Finance, Marketing, and Strategic Management.

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In the second part of the interview, Imran Kanga - Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment & Admissions reveals the biggest misconception about Schulich Full-time MBA program and the massively popular International Field Study project.

What is the biggest misconception about Schulich Full-time MBA program?

I think a common misconception students have about our MBA is that our program is best suited for students who would like to pursue careers in Finance and Marketing. While the Finance and Consumer Products sectors do tend to recruit a large number of Schulich graduates, I think our program has strengths beyond just these two sectors. For example, our students gain live consulting experience in Canada by working with companies on consulting projects during the program, so students that would like to pursue a career in Consulting would also benefit immensely from our program. We also offer some very niche and unique industry specializations like Arts and Media, Real Estate and Infrastructure, Social Sector Management, Business and Sustainability and Healthcare Industry Management. So students that have diverse interests in these areas would also be a great fit for our program.
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Schulich MBA AdmissionsIn the first part of the interview, Imran Kanga - Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment & Admissions shares about the various MBA program options and the teaching methodology used at Schulich School of Business.

The Schulich MBA has an unusual option – switching from Full-time to part-time and vice versa. How does it work logistically? When should candidates opt for this option?


The Schulich MBA program is one of the most flexible programs in the country today. Students have the option to start the program part-time or full-time but can also switch back and forth during the program.

Students need to complete 20 full courses (60 credits) to graduate. They can do this full time in 4 terms (taking 5 courses per term) or part-time over 10 terms (taking 2 courses per term).

A student would benefit from this option because it helps students maintain a work-study balance. Let’s say a student is working with a company and he starts the program part-time in the Fall. During the winter term, if work is relatively slow the student can add a few more courses and study Full time for that term. In the next term, as work...


Director of MBA Admissions - Texas MBAIn the first part of the interview, we ask Rodrigo Malta, the Director of MBA Admissions at The McCombs School of Business about the biggest misconception, the curriculum structure, and the record 20 concentrations that the MBA program offers.

1. What is the biggest misconception about Texas Full-time MBA?  
 
The misconception I hear is about the class size. There are a couple of items that I like to highlight for applicants considering the Texas Full-Time MBA Program at McCombs. The first is the fact that we are an intimate program at a large university. This allows our students to build a strong community with other students, faculty, and staff while taking advantage of the resources at a large, top-ranked research university. The second is the fact that we have a highly flexible MBA program that allows you to select from over 20 concentrations and tailor an MBA path that is right for you.
 
2. The Texas Full-Time MBA curriculum has an interesting mix of concentrations. Tell us the thought process behind the grouping.
 
We have over 20 concentrations for our Texas MBA students to explore at McCombs....


Director of MBA Admissions - Texas MBAIn the second part of the interview with the Director of MBA Admissions, we discuss the support Texas MBA offers to the military family.

McCombs is known for the strong support for applicants from the Military background. How does the program help them transition from Military responsibilities to post-MBA careers?


At the university level, our Student Veteran Services office is an amazing resource for our military applicants and students. We also have a very active community in Texas Veterans in Business, the student organization at the School.  The organization fosters camaraderie among MBA students who previously served, or continue to serve, in any nation’s armed forces.

Texas Veterans in Business focuses on drawing parallels between the principles learned in the military and the skills required to be successful in business. This organization maintains relationships with other ex-military MBAs at top business schools around the country and provides information to current or ex-military applicants.  On the career advancement side, our military students can take advantage of our one-...


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Texas MBAIn the final part of the interview with the Director of MBA Admissions, we find out how experiential learning at Texas MBA help career switchers.
 
Experiential Learning is a vital part of the learning experience at McCombs. How does the program help career switchers gain the leadership and consulting experiences needed to switch into consulting and General Management roles post-MBA?
 
At the Texas MBA Program, we have several opportunities for our students to put into practice what they are learning in the classroom.

One of the highlights of our program is the MBA+ Leadership Program. This program is available to all our students and is designed to help them discover, strengthen, and polish their leadership style, so they can step confidently into a new career path ready to create lasting impact. It's an optional program individually-tailored towards your Texas MBA degree, including personalized coaching, seminars featuring industry leaders and micro-consulting projects.
 
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Ivey MBAWe interviewed J.D. Clarke - the Executive Director, Recruitment of Admissions (Masters Programs) to learn about the biggest Misconception about Ivey MBA and the admission process for getting into the one-year MBA program.

What is the biggest misconception about Ivey MBA program?


The one that causes many potential candidates to self-select out of the process is probably the misconception that we only have students from business or engineering backgrounds in the program. In fact, we seek out students who have diverse experience as it adds to the overall classroom experience. We have had doctors in the program, military personnel, students with arts and music backgrounds, professional athletes, and the list goes on. 

Our students have mentioned learning from peers as the most surprising part of the classroom experience.

If you’re a candidate with a non-traditional background who is wondering whether you could be a fit for our program, we encourage you to have a conversation with us!

With the emphasis on real-world experience, do you think case study method would become irrelevant and replaced by experiential learning modules? ...



In the third part of the Interview Series with Christie St-John, the Director of MBA Admissions at the Owen Graduate School of Management, we find out the entry criteria, application process, and scholarship opportunities.

Q) What are the various criteria for scholarships? Is there a separate application? How many scholarships are on offer for the latest class?

Because we are a private university, our scholarships are funded by alumni or corporate friends. Each donor may request that the scholarship be limited to certain students. For example, a woman who plans to work in finance, an engineer who will focus on technology advancements, a student with a military background, etc.  The one requirement that they all have in common is “merit."

For that reason, we examine the undergraduate transcript and the GMAT scores of each candidate, the work experience and projected career path and interpersonal skills. Candidates who are at or above our “average” may be awarded a scholarship. There is no separate application and students will learn about their scholarship award at the time they are admitted.

Vanderbilt awarded need-based or merit scholarships in the range of 15,383 - $72,212 to 62 students (one third of the class) for the Fall 2017 class.

What are the entry criteria for the...


Vanderbilt MBA Admissions DirectorIn the first part of the Interview Series with Christie St-John, Atul Jose - the Editor of F1GMAT asks about the biggest misconception about Vanderbilt MBA, how the curriculum is structured for career switchers, and the rise of the health care specialization.

What is the biggest misconception about Vanderbilt MBA?

Many people believe that because we are in the Southern part of the United States, we are a regional school;  that most of our students come from this area and also that they stay here for full-time jobs after the MBA. It is not true. Our students come from everywhere in the United States and abroad, and their post-MBA employment is just as varied in location, from San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, and points outside of the United States.

How is the curriculum structured to help career switchers?

First, our classes are set up in seven-week modules, so students finish all the core classes early and begin taking classes in their area of specialization. This prepares them for a career switch because they will have the knowledge, both from class work and from practical, hands...


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DirectorIn the second part of the Interview Series, we look at the popularity of Military MBA applicants, diversity of the class, impact of Visa Rules on placements, and the latest Post-MBA placement trends.

The % of Military MBA candidates in the class is 11%. What encourages applicants from the military background to join Vanderbilt MBA?

I have made a concerted effort to reach out to military candidates through various events and resources. We value the discipline, leadership, maturity, and humility that veterans bring to the classroom and their study groups. So do our corporate recruiters. Veterans often need a little extra coaching on translating their military experience to the civilian world. We have a very strong support system that helps them in any way necessary. That, plus word of mouth from our current students, seems to attract more veterans to the program each year.

Is there any conscious effort to maintain diversity in the Full-time MBA class?

Absolutely. We value diversity in all its aspects.  We have one recruiter dedicated to international recruiting...


Categories : Insead, MBA Consulting

Insead MBAIn the Second Part of the Interview with Minh Huy Lai, the Managing Director of INSEAD MBA Programme, we discuss the Admission process (Essays, Recommendation Letter and Interviews), the entry criteria (GMAT, International Exposure, Experience), and the scholarship opportunities for MBA Applicants.

Read the first part of the interview to learn about INSEAD's MBA Curriculum, Campus Structure and the program's success in attracting top recruiters from Management Consulting.

Are there any criteria in terms of International exposure when you accept INSEAD candidates? Should they have travel experience or is it just working with an International (Multinational) company that counts?

 
Minh (INSEAD MBA): First, let us discuss what International experience means. An applicant might be working in their home country for an International company, but if they have traveled and stayed in another country for work, we consider it an international experience. Or they should have worked with an international team and interacted with them on a regular basis. Even if the applicant has no...


Rotman MBA Interview with Admission TeamIn the first part of the Interview with Atul Jose (Editor, F1GMAT), Niki da Silva, the Managing Director of Rotman’s Full-Time MBA Program, shares the common misconception about the full-time MBA program, the motivation behind the self-development Lab and the curriculum structure of Rotman Full-time MBA

What is the biggest misconception about Rotman Full-time MBA?

Our proximity to downtown Toronto provides so many benefits for our students to build their network and connect directly with alumni and organizations.  This may create the misconception that all Rotman grads are “Bay Street bound” for traditional management consulting and investment banking roles.  One of the benefits of a relatively large class size (intake of 350) is that we certainly do have students targeting these highly sought after post-MBA roles, but, we also have students pursuing start-ups, technology, healthcare, innovation, real estate, and many others industries and functions. The diversity of our class definitely shows up with a broad range of post-MBA roles, and the common theme is that our grads have a real desire to make a difference and have an impact wherever their career takes them.  
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Rotman MBA Interview with Admission TeamRead the First Part of the Interview with Nikki Da Silva, where we discuss self-development labs and Rotman Full-time MBA Curriculum

In the second part of the Interview Series, Nikki shares the opportunities for career switchers, post-MBA mobility trends and a unique feature of Rotman Full-time MBA – Flexible Internships.

What percentage of the MBA Class successfully switched job functions? How can career switchers get maximum value out of Rotman MBA Curriculum?

Job switch can be defined beyond simply a functional switch as many of our MBAs identify a goal of switching industry and/or geography, and sometimes all three. Broadly, more than 95% of our class identifies as career switchers.  When drilling down to function, typically more than 70% of the class successfully switches functions (the recent historical range is 67%-77%).
 
There are a number of things career switchers should do to maximize their program experience.  Start the Career Foundations modules online before the Program even begins, join...


Categories : Insead, MBA Consulting

Insead MBAAtul Jose, Editor of F1GMAT, Interviewed Minh Huy Lai, Managing Director of the INSEAD MBA Programme to get a first-hand view of the curriculum, post-MBA opportunities, Campus structure, INSEAD's dominance in Management Consulting and the Admission process for the full-time MBA.

How does INSEAD complete the core and electives in such a short period (10 months) compared to US Business Schools that are typically 2-years in duration?
 
Minh (INSEAD MBA): When you look at the average age at INSEAD, it is 29. Our class is quite older. Students with considerable experience absorb faster. Another thing is that our Founder was an educator at Harvard Business School. He realized that we could deliver the same quality at a much shorter time. Our classes are longer in duration with a typical break at INSEAD ranging 3-4 days instead of 1-2 weeks that you see in US Schools. Our program is much more intense. That is how we cover so much in a short period. We have done that for 58 years. Recruiters will never come to us if we are not delivering on the quality of students at INSEAD. That is why INSEAD has...


W.P Carey MBA PamAtul Jose, the Editor of F1GMAT Interviewed Pam Delany, the Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions at the W.P. Carey School of Business and found out the misconception many applicants have about the Full-time MBA program.

In the first part of the interview, Pam shares how the curriculum structure has prepared MBA students to find opportunities with Global Employers.

F1GMAT: What is the biggest misconception about W.P. Carey Full-time MBA program?

Currently, all full-time MBA students at W.P. Carey School of Business receive the Forward Focus MBA Scholarship. A common misconception is that this is a “free” MBA program. While students do receive a scholarship covering the total tuition cost of the program, the scholarship is fully funded through donations, and support from the late William Polk Carey. The Forward Focus MBA Scholarship aligns with ASU’s mission of inclusion and business as personal. While the tuition is currently “free” to students, it is an investment W.P. Carey makes in its commitment to excellence, access, and impact.

F1GMAT: The W. P. Carey MBA program has put emphasis on leadership development....


RSM MBA Curriculum - InterviewAtul Jose, the Editor of F1GMAT interviewed Brandon Kirby, Director of MBA Marketing and Admissions at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University to learn about the RSM Full-time MBA Curriculum and the experiential learning opportunities the course offers.

In the first part of the interview, Brandon shares the biggest misconception about RSM, and how Netherlands’ position as a leader in Sustainability has helped the school integrate Business with Sustainability throughout the curriculum.

What is the biggest misconception about The Rotterdam International MBA program?

I joke with candidates that RSM is the top ten ranked European business school you have not heard of. The Dutch are very humble in that regard.

One of the biggest misconceptions would be that most of our students are Dutch or that you need to speak Dutch to settle/work in the Netherlands. Both are untrue.

Our class is over 95% international every year – a fact that is surprising to many people. Because of this, the classroom environment...


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InterviewRead the First Part of the Interview (RSM MBA - Curriculum, Misconception & Sustainability) with the RSM MBA Director of MBA, Marketing & Admissions – Brandon Kirby.

In the second part of the interview, Brandon shares the latest placement trends for RSM International MBA,  opens up about the impact of Brexit on post-MBA opportunities and sheds light on the visa rules for International students during the job search.

With a 97% International class, the logical question would be about the post-MBA placement trends. Can you share the latest trends?

The most popular job functions are finance/accounting, consulting, and sales/marketing. As for industries, we see our graduates take positions in a variety of places, but consumer products, financial services, and technology, seem to be popular this year.

Last year was an interesting year for compensation, as both Brexit and Trump seemed to have an effect on salaries and signing bonuses. Our job placement remained strong, with nearly 90% had accepted a job either before graduation or within three...


GeorgeTown MBA MisconceptionShelley Heinrich, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Georgetown MBA shares some of the common misconceptions about the Full-time MBA program. She also provides an overview of the curriculum.

What is the biggest misconception about the Full-time MBA program?

One big misconception is that an MBA is just for those going into finance and consulting, and only those from traditional business backgrounds are competitive applicants. While a significant number of our Class of 2016 students did go into financial services (30%) and consulting (29%), many of our students also pursue careers in consumer product goods(6%), real estate (6%), nonprofit (3%), and government (2%).

Our top employers have included Amazon, American Airlines, American Express, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Bank of Montreal, Citi, Cognizant, Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP, IBM, Group Nduom, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, JP Morgan Chase & Co., M&T Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Samsung, SC Johnson, and Wells Fargo Securities.

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GeorgeTown MBA MisconceptionShelley Heinrich, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Georgetown MBA explains about Integrative Learning, and the advantages of Washington D.C as an MBA and Post-MBA destination.

Washington D.C opens up lot of opportunities. Can you give us some insights on the post-MBA opportunities in US?

Our Washington, D.C. location enables Business, Government, and International Leaders myriad opportunities to connect with our Georgetown MBA talent. For example, students who are interested in working at the cross section of business and policy have the advantage of being in close proximity to key organizations representing the public sector. 

There are many great schools, but there are few that are located in a city as powerful as Washington, D.C. The City is home to more than 177 embassies, The World Bank Group (International Finance Corporation, World Bank, etc.), the U.S. Federal Government, and the IMF, providing access and networking opportunities that often lead to internship and full-time employment. Washington, D.C., also has the highest...


GeorgeTown MBA MisconceptionShelley Heinrich, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Georgetown MBA shares details of merit & need based scholarships offered to Full-time MBA students, demographic snapshot of the latest class, entry criteria, & defining characteristics of a Georgetown MBA student.

Do you offer merit and need based scholarships?

Yes, we offer merit -based scholarships.

Need-based financial aid
is available to those who qualify. Everyone is considered for merit scholarships at the time of application and will be notified during admissions if they were awarded a scholarship. No separate application is required.

Merit is defined through a holistic review process that looks at both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of an application. This includes academic record, standardized test scores, and years of professional work experience post-undergrad. It also...

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

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"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

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